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The Guardian at 200: Humanitarian issues and the power of the media

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Join us for the second in our lunchtime events in partnership with the University of Manchester on the media's humanitarian reporting.

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The John Rylands Library, part of The University of Manchester, holds the entire archive of the Manchester Guardian. In this series of events to mark our bicentenary, our panels of special guests and experts will each discuss an item from the archive, its relevance to today’s news and media, and how it may influence our future.

In 2015, the UN refugee agency reported that war is one of the main reasons behind human displacement, and for decades we have seen refugees putting their lives at risk to escape greater dangers in their home countries. How these stories are reported has a momentous impact on how refugees are received and treated. Many lose their stories to offensive monikers, or their individual identity to reporting that covers migration on a massive scale, and fails to connect with the people behind the headlines.

For this second livestreamed event in our series we will discuss how has media reporting on humanitarian issues changed over the past 20 years? How could it become more progressive? And how can the Western media utilise its power to better the lives of the vulnerable people it reports on? Annie Kelly, an award-winning human rights journalist for the Guardian and Observer, will chair a panel including Lindsey Hilsum, international editor for Channel 4 News and Waad Al-Kateab, Syrian journalist, and creator of the BAFTA-winning documentary For Sama and Professor of Cultural History and executive director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Bertrand Taithe.

We are celebrating The Guardian’s 200th birthday with a digital festival featuring today’s leading thinkers, activists, artists and politicians. Join our specially curated programme of online conversations from wherever you are in the world. See the full lineup here and sign up to our newsletter for more announcements.

All tickets include the opportunity to watch the event on demand at a later time. A link to the recording will be sent to all ticket holders 24 hours after the event.

Running time: 60 minutes

This event will be hosted on a third-party live streaming platform and will be streamed globally.

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